Official Selection - Hawaii International Film Festival
Official Selection - Asian American International Film Festival
Meet the man who helped save Japanese modern art.
One hundred years after the death of Tenshin Okakura, director Katsuya Matsumura pays tribute to this legendary artistic leader. Born in 1863, Okakura Tenshin became a well-known government official and an artistic leader. He was also a man of international perspective; he published "The Book of Tea" in English and introduced Japanese and other East Asian cultures and art to westerners.
TENSHIN follows the great Okakura Kakuzo (Tenshin) as he establishes himself as a trailblazer in the art world who ultimately lead to the development and preservation of modern Japanese art in the Meiji era (a period during which dramatic westernization took place). Featuring standout performances from international stars, Shido Nakamura (Letters From Iwo Jima, Red Cliff) and Naoto Takenaka (Shall We Dance?, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) TENSHIN takes a close examination into the inspiring and sometimes volatile life of who most consider, the "father" of Japanese modern art.